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The Graduate (1967)
 Who was considered for The Graduate?

Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret was considered to play the role of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Elizabeth Ashley
Elizabeth Ashley was considered to play Elaine Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Carroll Baker
Carroll Baker auditioned for Elaine Robinson, but was turned down for being "too old" for Anne Bancroft.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Warren Beatty
Beatty was a leading contender for the role of "Benjamin Braddock" but declined due to the filming of Bonnie and Clyde.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Candice Bergen
Bergen auditioned for the role of Elaine in The Graduate.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman wanted to play the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom has been considered for Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando was considered for the part of Mr. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner was considered for the role of Mr. Braddock.
Actor who got the part: William Daniels

Karen Carpenter
Mike Nichols approached the singer for the role of Elaine Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Joan Collins
Joan Collins wanted to play Elaine Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Doris Day
Mike Nicoles offered the part of Mrs. Robinson to Doris Day. She refused due to the nude scene.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Brandon De Wilde
Brandon De Wilde auditioned to play Benjamin.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson was in the running for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas was considered for the role of Mr. Braddock.
Actor who got the part: William Daniels

Howard Duff
Howard Duff was considered for Mr. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

Patty Duke
Turned down the role of "Elaine" because she did not wish to work at the time.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Keir Dullea
Was offered the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall was considered for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Sally Field
Turned down for role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.
Actor who got the part: Katherine Ross

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda not only turned down the part of Mrs Robinson, but also Elaine.

Harrison Ford
A relatively unknown Harrison Ford almost got the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner flew in for an interview, but reportedly was drunk at the interview and they withdrew offer.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Judy Garland
Was considered by Mike Nichols for the role of "Mrs. Robinson."
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

William Goldman
William Goldman turned down a chance to write the screenplay, because he reportedly didn't understand the book.
Actor who got the part: Calder Willingham And Buck Henry

Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin turned down the role of Benjamin Braddock because the money wasn't right.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Gene Hackman
Hackman was originally cast as Mr. Robinson, Elaine's father, but was replaced fter a few weeks when Mike Nichols decided he was too young for the part.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

George Hamilton
George Hamilton wanted to play the role of Benjamin.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn screen tested for the role of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward was the first choice for the role of Mrs. Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Wilson

Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn wanted to play the part of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Brian Keith
Considered for the part of Mr. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury auditioned to play Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Carol Lynley
Carol Lynley was considered for the role of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Sue Lyon
Sue Lyon was on producer Lawrence Turmanís handwritten wish list of 13 actresses for Mrs Robinsonís daughter, Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Shirley MacLaine
According to her biography, Shirley MacLaine turned down the role of Elaine in The Graduate.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen was considered for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Yvette Mimieux
Yvette Mimieux was in the running for the role of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was considered for the role of Mr. Braddock.
Actor who got the part: William Daniels

Jeanne Moreau
Moreau was the first choice to play Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Jack Nance
Jack Nance was considered for the role of Benjamin Braddock right up until filming began.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson around the time that she had her stroke.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Jack Palance
Considered for the role of Mr. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

Michael Parks
Michael Parks auditioned to play Benjamin.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Gregory Peck
Considered for the role of Mr. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

George Peppard
Was a contender for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins was looked for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Susan Pleshette
Was considered to play Elaine Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan was consdiered for the role of Mr. Braddock.

Robert Redford
Robert Redford was considered for the lead role but was considered too "stable" in his personality.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Lee Remick
Lee Remick was considered for the role of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint was considered to play the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons was considered to play Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was considered for the role of Mr. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

Pamela Tiffin
Pamela Tiffin was considered for the role of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Lana Turner
Was in consideration for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner was considered for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Burt Ward
Burt Ward was the director's first choice, got the role after auditioning, but was locked into the Batman TV show and the studio producing the show wouldn't let him film the movie even though they weren't shooting episodes of Batman at the time.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch wanted to play Elaine Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Tuesday Weld
Tuesday Weld was considered for the part of Elaine.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Natalie Wood
Wood tested for the role of Elaine Place.
Actor who got the part: Katherine Ross



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